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Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Rochdale's remarkable late salvo earns them Wembley replay against Tottenham.
  • Ian Henderson gave Keith Hill's side the lead on stroke of half-time with fine finish.
  • Lucas Moura and Harry Kane edged Spurs in front at Spotland, the latter netting a late, late penalty.
  • Steven Davies popped up for Rochdale in the 93rd minute, keeping his composure to force a lucrative and deserved replay.
  • A trip to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City awaits the victor.
Steven Davies

An incredible late salvo from Rochdale. Davies' late, late strike has earned them a trip to Wembley after Harry Kane looked to have settled things with a penalty.

Ian Henderson had given the Dale a deserved lead on the stroke of half-time, but goals from Lucas and Kane seemed to have ended their FA Cup dream. That was until Davies popped up with a composed late strike, which sent Spotland into raptures and Keith Hill's men to Wembley.

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Full-time: Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham

Done's cross is headed into the path of Davies, who takes a touch, composes himself and fires past Vorm. Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable.

The magic of the cup, eh.

GOAL! Rochdale 2-2 Tottenham (Davies)

Four minutes of added time. Tottenham now just trying to slow things down.

Kane makes no mistake from the spot. Heartbreak for Rochdale.

GOAL! Rochdale 1-2 Tottenham (Kane)

Alli is tripped by McGahey. Cruel on Rochdale, but their dream could be over. Kane to take...


Rose is absolutely poleaxed by Rathbone, who receives a yellow card for his troubles.

Another dangerous free-kick for Tottenham, but Lillis manages to claim Sissoko's deflected effort.

Rochdale clear off the line!

Son finds Alli, whose backheel finds the Lamela, and the Argentine's effort is deflected and cleared off the line by Done. The resulting corner comes to nothing.

Rose surges forward and wins a corner. Pamela's delivery is met well by Foyth, but the whistle had already gone as the ball had gone out of play.

Rochdale change - Rathbone on.

Kane's first involvement is to win a free-kick in a dangerous position for Tottenham.

Tripper takes, hits the wall.

Final Tottenham change, and it's a sizeable one - Kane on, Llorente off.

Another inviting Trippier delivery is beaten away by Lillis. Alli then nutmegs McGahey and bears down on goal, only to be thwarted by Kitching.

Rochdale substitution - Humphrys off, Davies on.

How has Wanyama missed?!

Great ball from Trippier eventually finds Wanyama, who can only connect with his thigh as he puts the ball over from two yards. He won't want to see that back again.

Lucas has capped a fine full debut with a goal. He is now being replaced by Dele Alli.

Lucas Moura

Trippier's deflected delivery sees Tottenham win a corner, but it's wasted by Lamela and Lucas.

At the other end, Henderson is tripped by Trippier, who receives a talking to from referee Madley. Camps tries to catch Vorm out with a low effort, but it goes wide.

Alderweireld receives the first yellow card of the game after stopping a Rochdale breakaway in its tracks.

First substitution from Tottenham - Lamela on for Winks.

Claims for a penalty for Rochdale waved away by referee Bobby Madley. Foyth came together with Henderson who went flying to the ground. You've seen them given.

Great goal from Tottenham. Lucas starts the run and finds Llorente, who in turns lays the ball to Sissoko. The Frenchman holds the ball before picking out Lucas, who chips the ball nicely over Lillis. 1-1, and it had been coming.

GOAL! Rochdale 1-1 Tottenham (Lucas)

Lucas, Son and Llorente all trying in vain to pick the Rochdale lock. Winks tries to take matters into his own hands but his long-range effort is collected by Lillis, who then smothers to prevent Lucas from nipping in.

Rochdale win an early corner which is initially cleared, and Done's second cross flies straight out of play. Wasteful from the hosts.

Llorente gets the second half underway. Can Spurs right their wrongs from the first-half?

The moment captain Ian Henderson sent Rochdale into dreamland.

Ian Henderson

And that's half-time!

Ian Henderson has sent Spotland into delirium with a goal on the stroke of half-time. Rochdale have defended well and attacked with purpose and are actually good value for their lead.

Tottenham, profligate through Son and Llorente, have not learnt their lesson from Newport County and have it all to do again.

A lovely flowing move from Rochdale gives them the lead on the stroke of half-time!

Humphrys, Cannon, Henderson, goal. Amazing from League One's bottom club!

GOAL! Rochdale 1-0 Tottenham (Henderson)

Son and Llorente try to split Rochdale apart but they end up overdoing the move and losing possession. Son should have taken a shot, simply too intricate from the Korean.

Not much to report from the last five minutes or so. Tottenham trying to attack with Trippier making diagonal runs into the box but Rochdale are standing firm for the time being.

Great ball in from Cannon is just about dealt with by Spurs. They seem to be targeting the back post but Trippier is dealing with the onslaught.

A Rochdale corner is headed away by Sissoko. At the other end, Trippier's delightful low ball evades Sissoko, and Lucas fires well over. 30 minutes gone, still 0-0.

How have Tottenham not scored!

Son races clear and draws a save from Lillis. The ball comes back to the Korean, who lays it off to Sissoko, who in turn finds Llorente. The Spaniard cuts back and works space to shoot, but he manages to miss the target altogether. Poor.

Son wriggles away from Rochdale's defence and looks to curl one past Lillis, but McGahey is there to block.

A teasing ball from Trippier is then directed wide by Alderweireld.

A great feel to this cup tie. No goals so far, but chances and excitement for both sides.

Rochdale vs Tottenham

Henderson spurns a big chance for Rochdale! Cannon wins the ball off Wanyama and finds Henderson, who hits it straight at Vorm. He could have laid the ball off to a teammate in a better position. Poor.

Backs against the wall for Tottenham as they absorb aerial bombardment from Rochdale. A huge tackle from McGahey on Winks, but both players have shrugged it off and carried on.

Lucas wins another dangerous free-kick for Tottenham. Alderweireld heads at go but Lillis holds with ease. Llorente then blocks Llorente's kick out but play is called back for little reason.

Sissoko surges down the right hand side and plays the ball across to Son, who exchanges passes with Llorente but eventually runs the ball out of play.

Rochdale then win a corner out of Trippier, but Done's delivery is cleared with ease.

Another strong run from Lucas almost plays in Son but his weighted pass is cut out with authority by Lillis.

Lucas goes on another tricky run and dances away from a few blue shirts before being impeded. The free-kick comes to nothing, but Tottenham eventually earn another as Done fouls Trippier.

Wanyama trips Kitching and hands Rochdale a free-kick in a dangerous. The ball into the box is overcooked though, and dips out for a goal kick.

Lucas darts into Rochdale's half and picks out Son, whose touch betrays him and allows the home side to clear.

Wanyama releases Sissoko but, again, his touch isn't good enough.

Rochdale get things underway at Spotland. The ball is pumped long and immediately a free-kick is given away for a foul on Alderweireld.

Both teams are in the tunnel, emerging onto the pitch Spotland.


Rochdale: Ntihe, Rathbone, Thompson, Inman, Davies, Moore, Adshead.

Because no pre-match build-up is complete without a fancy slo-mo montage.

An ominous statistic for Rochdale.

Tottenham have won 16 of their last 17 FA Cup ties against lower league opposition, the only loss coming against Leeds United in 2013.

Can the Dale blow that stat to pieces? We'll find out soon.



Rochdale: Lillis, Rafferty, McNulty, McGahey, Humphrys, Camps, Done, Delaney, Cannon, Kitching, Henderson.

Rochdale have only lost one of their last 11 FA Cup matches, but they are facing Tottenham side who have gone unbeaten in their last 13 in all competitions.

Spurs' last four away matches have ended in draws - will it be the same tonight?

We are still waiting for Rochdale's team news...

Lucas Moura, fresh from his cameo against Juventus, makes his full debut for Tottenham, who field a strong team.

Harry Kane is included on the substitutes' bench, allowing Fernando Llorente a chance to impress, while Winks, Foyth, Rose, Sissoko, Vorm and Alderweireld are all given the nod by Pochettino.

Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez are among the substitutes, but Christian Eriksen, Hugo Lloris and Jan Vertonghen have been given the afternoon off.


Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Walker-Peters, Dele, Dier, Lamela, Kane.


Tottenham's starting line-up in text form: Vorm (C), Trippier, Alderweireld, Foyth, Rose, Wanyama, Winks, Sissoko, Lucas, Son, Llorente.


Team news due any second now...

Tottenham may be without Harry Kane, but Rochdale have a number of first-team stars who will have to make do with a watching brief this afternoon.

Striker Calvin Andrew is out with an Achilles problem, while Alex Dobre, Billy Knott, Sam Hart and Scott Wiseman are all cup-tied.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is under slight pressure to break his trophy drought as a manager, but the Argentine has set his sights higher than the FA Cup.

"I hear a lot about winning trophies and in the last 10 years, there have been a lot of examples with coaches who win trophies like the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and yet six months after, they were sacked," Pochettino was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

"You can maybe win the FA Cup, League Cup, if you say, 'OK, in five years, we are going to win the FA Cup or League Cup.' Then you protect your best player for the FA Cup, forget the Premier League, and forget being in the top-four.

"We need to think about winning big trophies like the Champions League. The pressure is to win the Champions League and also the Premier League.

"That doesn't mean I don't want to win the FA Cup or League Cup, but in this process, to build a team to win or to get a winning mentality, is normal,"

Mauricio Pochettino
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Will we be seeing this man line up in Tottenham's defence today? Team news imminent.

Some more thoughts from Rochdale boss Keith Hill:

"The players have got to believe, trust themselves and elevate their games.

"They've got to remember why they turned professional – for games like this. Every week they're competing in League One to try and aspire to be a Premier League player.

"This is a unique opportunity for the players. They've earned it, and they should embrace it and not fear it. I just want them to enjoy the test. It's more a test of mentality for the players against the speed of the opponents.

"We've got talented players, and it's up to those players to play above and beyond their performance levels, and I do believe that players up and down the Football League pyramid are more than capable of doing that for 90 minutes plus. It's what we're striving for – minimum mistakes, maximum impact."

Rochdale, currently bottom of League One, are not being backed to cause an almighty upset against Tottenham this afternoon, but manager Keith Hill insists his players are not frightened of taking on Spurs.

"Tottenham will be competitive, but we've got to be as keen and as competitive as we've always been. We need intelligent energy, and we won't differ too far away from the way that we do things, if at all, and it's important that the players embrace the occasion," Hill said.

"We've no fear, and our FA Cup form has been pretty good this season. We've scored 12, conceded two, and I think we've been excellent. We can take our cup form into the Tottenham game."

Rochdale's defence may be able to rest a little easier this afternoon; they may not have to try and stifle Harry Kane, who is struggling with an ankle problem picked up against Juventus in midweek.

"He twisted his ankle, he received some knocks [against Juventus]," Pochettino admitted at his pre-match press conference, per

"We need to assess tomorrow if he's fit. Maybe he has the possibility to start, if not 100 per cent and there's not the possibility to play 90 minutes, then to be on the bench, or if we see that he's not capable of half an hour or 20 minutes then to stay here like with all the players who we did the same."

Harry Kane
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Good afternoon and welcome to IB Times UK's live coverage of Rochdale vs Tottenham.

A trip to face either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City awaits the victor at Spotland, where new turf has been freshly laid after Mauricio Pochettino expressed his concerns.

Tottenham are the substantial favourites for this afternoon's clash, but they were given a handful of problems by Newport County in the fourth round. They did eventually find a way past the League Two outfit via a replay, though they will hope to get the job done today against Rochdale, who languish at the bottom of League One.

Tottenham may have to do without Harry Kane, who is struggling with an ankle problem, but Rochdale have striking concerns of their own - Calvin Andrew is out with an Achilles problem.

Stick with IB Times UK for the latest team news, updates and reaction from Spotland.